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Old Sep 19, 09, 11:10 am   #16
  
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Just to note that other postings are actually complimentary of the GRU RCC (example). I personally haven't been there in about 4 years, but on that visit I went to both the AC & RCC, and do remember finding the RCC substantially better.
It's a candidate for the best RCC in the system to my knowledge with the only shortcoming that when they 'play arrivals suite', the showers are not accessible to mere mortals and the wireless is impossible to deal with.

But unlike FRA or NRT, they do have real food there and in quantity.

I wonder of the OP is familiar with the rest of the RCC 'family' ?
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Old Sep 19, 09, 11:16 am   #17
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Hey, I guess my standards are different than others. The pots on the floor to catch water leaks in the ceiling when it rains. The non-flushable toilets, the dingy carpets. The three shower rooms are nice if you're traveling in F or C, and again, the food is good for brasilian cold cuts and sandwiches. I've never seen the wait service myself, then again I've never sat there and asked for it either as it's easy enough to get up and walk 5-50 feet to either of the areas where the food and beverages are. But, compared to most other international clubs I've been in, including the TAM and AA clubs in Sampa and all kinds of Star Alliance and Oneworld partner lounges around the world, the RCC in GRU is a mess. Now, if you're there on the perfect day and the toilets aren't overflowing and it's not raining, then yeah, it's not bad. Until you walk next door to the TAM lounge where everything works and the food and booze are better than the RCC.
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Old Sep 19, 09, 4:49 pm   #18
  
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YEs, each of us has different expectations and experiences from which to compare. However, in the past year and 9 months, I have never have had a problem with the toilets in the RCC They work a bit differently from what one experiences in the US. Often you have to hold down the mechanism for several seconds. And the urinals in the men;s bathroom have the handle/knob that you turn to open. Certainly not a typical US urinal that either has an automatic mechanism or lever to just push down once. Granted, not equal to typical U.S equipment but they do work. By the way, are you required to use the other side? Perhaps the problem is there?

As for the ceiling leaking, the building is maintained by Infraero. So I would think that they would bear some responsibility there. Once again, as mgs 1k mentioned, renovations were to occur, but Infraero did not provide the permits. There does seem to be a new drive to get ready for the 2016 Olympics, so I would expect the next several years will see some improvements at a lot of the major airports operated by Infraero.
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Old Sep 19, 09, 5:02 pm   #19
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I would prefer GRU RCC over nay RCC on the US.
I totally agree
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Old Sep 19, 09, 5:31 pm   #20
  
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Hey, I guess my standards are different than others. The pots on the floor to catch water leaks in the ceiling when it rains. The non-flushable toilets, the dingy carpets. The three shower rooms are nice if you're traveling in F or C, and again, the food is good for brasilian cold cuts and sandwiches. I've never seen the wait service myself, then again I've never sat there and asked for it either as it's easy enough to get up and walk 5-50 feet to either of the areas where the food and beverages are. But, compared to most other international clubs I've been in, including the TAM and AA clubs in Sampa and all kinds of Star Alliance and Oneworld partner lounges around the world, the RCC in GRU is a mess. Now, if you're there on the perfect day and the toilets aren't overflowing and it's not raining, then yeah, it's not bad. Until you walk next door to the TAM lounge where everything works and the food and booze are better than the RCC.
Seriously now, what's the real beef? did something happen that pi$$ed you off that bad??

Being a Priority Pass member, I can choose between either the TAM lounge and RCC at GRU, and I'd go for RCC anytime...
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Old Sep 19, 09, 7:15 pm   #21
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And JL uses this for their F pax.
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Old Sep 19, 09, 9:37 pm   #22
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Well, the brasileros and resident expats down there are defending the club to no end, it must just be me then. If I could post some of the photos I took from last week, I would. Of the 40 or so times I've used the club, the only really bad experiences have been having to move around when it rains to avoid the drips and puddles. I definitely did not have to leave a present in the handicap toilet a few weeks ago due to no water to flush, and it definitely wasn't the same present in the same toilet when I came back through a week later. A present of equal or lesser value, to be sure. And I haven't twice - out of about 10 times I've flown in on F or C or back in the day when they didn't care - been unable to take a shower because the hot water was out in the club.

And no, no real bad experiences there, beyond the usual GRU non-sense that occurs on a daily basis. As far as waiting on the renovations, every time I've asked over the last six years, the answer has always been "soon". As most things in Brasil, soon is measured in different terms than the rest of the planet. "Order and Progress (Just Not Right Now or Tomorrow But Maybe Next Week)".

Don't worry guys, I've spent 1.5-2.0 months per year in Brasil each of the last 7 years, and I'm very well aware of the cultural differences and the differences in standards. While I refuse to eat a sandwich with a napkin, I will not drink directly from a bottle or can and will use a straw instead. The club is better than sitting out in the gates, but when you're paying a lot more now for a membership, my bar is set maybe a bit higher than in the past.
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....The club is better than sitting out in the gates, but when you're paying a lot more now for a membership, my bar is set maybe a bit higher than in the past.
If you are a 1K (as you claim), you don't need to pay for access to the RCC when flying internationally.
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GRU RCC is not as good as the AC but relative to most other clubs at GRU it is pretty good. It's not even close to the "worst club facilities on the planet" -- try the business class lounge in Khartoum or something like that. Nor is it the worst RCC. I vote for the RCC in Minneapolis.
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Old Sep 20, 09, 1:36 am   #25
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GRU RCC is not as good as the AC but relative to most other clubs at GRU it is pretty good. It's not even close to the "worst club facilities on the planet" -- try the business class lounge in Khartoum or something like that. Nor is it the worst RCC. I vote for the RCC in Minneapolis.
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Old Sep 20, 09, 3:12 am   #26
  
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If you are a 1K (as you claim), you don't need to pay for access to the RCC when flying internationally.
Ah, but if they are MR'ing to make 1K, they are indeed paying for it!
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Old Sep 20, 09, 3:31 am   #27
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Ah, but if they are MR'ing to make 1K, they are indeed paying for it!
Irrelevant. Go back and read my post in context -- i.e., INCLUDING the quote to which I was responding.
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Old Sep 20, 09, 4:44 am   #28
  
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Here are a few photos from GRU RCC. I took them a couple of years ago.

IMHO, it was pretty good lounge compare to others in the system. I have not been there since, and not sure what condition it is in today.







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Old Sep 20, 09, 5:20 am   #29
  
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It is pretty much the same, UA_Flyer. There are a few chairs showing their age, as in some frayed arm rests, but otherwise, not much change from the photos you posted.
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I like the spread -- nice food. The roaches at the IAD RCC would have a ball!!
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